Neurologists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis
and treatment of brain, spinal cord, and nervous system diseases, such as
multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, headaches, stroke, or injury.
A neurologist can order or interpret tests such as a computed
tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or lumbar puncture to
diagnose problems and may conduct tests to evaluate how well a nerve or muscle
is working. A neurologist can prescribe medicines to treat diseases or may
refer a person to another specialist if needed.
Neurologists can be board-certified by the Board of Psychiatry and
Neurology, which is recognized by the American Board of Medical
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